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Ahavat Olam - Jewish Romantic Music

by Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue

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May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to you, Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer. Amen.
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V’al Kulam 03:04
For all these blessings we shall ever praise and exalt You. May every living creature thank You and praise You faithfully, God of our deliverance and our help. Praised are You Adonai, the essence of goodness, worthy of acclaim.
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For the sake of my comrades and companions, I pray that peace be yours. For the sake of the house of Adonai our God, I seek your welfare. May Adonai grant His people strength; may Adonai bless His people with peace.
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Magen Avot 05:02
Shield of our ancestors by His promised word, Guarantor of life to the dead, Holy God beyond compare, who bestows rest to His people on the holy Shabbat, who takes pleasure in them, and invites them to rest. We will honor God with reverence and awe, and offer our thanks day after day. The Source of blessings, God worthy of acclaim, the Master of peace, hallows Shabbat, the seventh day – granting Shabbat in holiness to a people overflowing with joy – this day that recalls the act of Creation.
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Etz Hayim 02:12
It is a tree of life for those who grasp it, and all who uphold it are blessed. Its ways are pleasant, and all its paths are peace. Help us turn to You, Adonai, and we shall return. Renew our lives as in days of old.
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Kol Dodi 04:14
The voice of my beloved! Behold, he comes, leaping on the mountains, skipping on the hills. My beloved is like a roe or a young hart. Behold, he stands behind our wall. He looks in at the windows. He glances through the lattice. My dove in the clefts of the rock, in the hiding places of the mountainside, let me see your face. Let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely. Return, return, Shulammite! Return, return that we may gaze at you. Why do you desire to gaze at the Shulammite, as at the dance of Machanayim?
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May it be your will, Adonai our God and God of our ancestors, to reawaken in us joy and blessing in the month ahead. Grant us a long life, a peaceful life with goodness and blessing, sustenance and physical vitality; a life of reverence and piety, a life free from shame and reproach, a life of abundance and honor, a reverent life guided by the love of Torah; a life in which our worthy aspirations will be fulfilled. Amen.
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L’kha Dodi 02:54
Come my beloved, with chorus of praise; Welcome Shabbat the Bride, Queen of our days. “Keep” and “remember” Were uttered as one By our Creator, Beyond comparison. Adonai is one and His name is one, Reflected in glory, in fame, And in praise. Come, let us greet Shabbat, Queen sublime, Fountain of blessings, In every clime. Anointed and regal, Since the earliest time, In thought she preceded Creation’s six days. Come in peace, soul-mate, Sweet Bride so adored, Greeted with joy, in song and accord, Amidst God’s people, The faithful restored, Come, Bride Shabbat; Come, crown of the days.
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Words that I pray, I say to you my Esther, My Song of Songs so clear. My song is of love, a love that knows no measure, Words from the heart, the heart can hear. My Queen, my yiddisher tochter, Esther, Your heart is your crown, your splendor. My sister you are my bride. You are the blossom of flowers, Esther, My rose, a crimson treasure, A garden so much alive. When I see your smile, your bright eyes like a calm, blue sky, Then I hear the angels sing, and I can fly. To be by your side - My Queen, my Song of Songs I bring you, Words from my heart to sing to, The sound of my heart revived.
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Adonai is my shepherd, I shall not want. God gives me a repose in green meadows, and guides me over calm waters. God will revive my spirit and direct me on the right path – for that is God’s way. Though I walk in the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no harm for You are at my side. Your staff and Your rod comfort me. You prepare a banquet for me in the presence of my foes; You anoint my head with oil, my cup overflows. Surely goodness and kindness shall be my portion all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of Adonai forever.
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Kaddish 04:32
May God’s name be exalted and hallowed throughout the world that He created, as is God’s wish. May God’s sovereignty soon be accepted, during our life and the life of all Israel. And let us say: Amen. May God’s great name be praised throughout all time. Glorified and celebrated, lauded and worshiped, exalted and honored, extolled and acclaimed may the Holy One be, praised beyond all song and psalm, beyond all tributes that mortals can utter. And let us say: Amen.
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R’tzei 04:36
Accept the prayer of Your people Israel as lovingly as it is offered. Restore worship to Your sanctuary, and may the worship of Your people Israel always be acceptable to You. May we witness Your merciful return to Zion. Praised are You Adonai, who restores the Divine Presence to Zion.
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A Gebet 01:49
Master of the Universe, You, God of my father, hear my heartfelt prayer: Mend the torn pieces of my heart and grant me a little relief. Destroy the remaining pieces of my heart and grant me a little respite.

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released September 10, 2012

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Cantor Azi Schwartz of Park Avenue Synagogue New York, New York

Cantor Azi Schwartz is the Senior Cantor of Park Avenue Synagogue in New York, and is a world-renowned vocal performer and recording artist whose music reaches Jewish and interfaith audiences internationally.

Azi has performed at Carnegie Hall and Madison Square Garden; on PBS and on Richard Gere’s movie 'Norman'; and for Pope Francis.

He has released nine albums of Jewish liturgical music.
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